Pope's Living Arrangements Are a Little, Er, Weird

Andrew Sullivan thinks Benedict and male secretary are in 'some kind of love'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 27, 2013 3:25 PM CST

(Newser) – Andrew Sullivan thinks the strangest part of Pope Benedict's post-papal plans is that he will go on living with Georg Gaenswein, his longtime personal secretary at the Vatican, even as Gaenswein serves the new pope. "So Benedict’s handsome male companion will continue to live with him, while working for the other Pope during the day," writes Sullivan at his Dish blog. "Are we supposed to think that’s, well, a normal arrangement?"

Citing previous articles on the subject, Sullivan concludes that Gaenswein is "clearly in some kind of love with Ratzinger (and vice versa)" and says the arrangement smacks more of Melrose Place than the Vatican. Click for the full post. Or head to conservative site Twitchy as it rounds up the fast-coming reaction under the headline, "Utter disgrace: Andrew Sullivan gay-baits Pope Benedict XVI."

Pope Benedict XVI and personal secretary Georg Gaenswein at the Vatican on Feb. 16.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, pool)
The pope's personal secretary, Georg Ganswein, looks on as Pope Benedict XVI meets clergy at the Vatican.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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